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<ul><li><p>PLS 597 Advanced Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition </p><p> COURSE SYLLABUS: Fall 2013 </p><p> Instructor: Curtis A. Jones, Ph.D </p><p>Assistant Professor Plant and Soil Science Office Location: AgIT 145 Office Hours: Posted on door Office Phone: (903) 886-5354 Office Fax: (903) 886-5990 University Email Address: </p><p>COURSE INFORMATION Materials Textbooks, Readings, Supplementary Readings: Textbook(s) Optional: Soil Fertility and Fertilizers: An Introduction to Nutrient Management. 7th </p><p>ed. Havlin, Tisdale, Nelson, and Beaton Course Description: </p><p>An introduction to the principles of soil fertility, plant nutrition, and fertilizers. Student Learning Outcomes: </p><p>1. Introduce students to the basic concepts of soil fertility. </p><p>2. Develop the students understanding and comprehension of nutrient cycles </p><p>3. Develop the students appreciation for the complexity and importance of plant/soil/nutrient interactions </p><p>4. Develop students understanding fertilizers in cropping systems. </p></li><li><p>COURSE REQUIREMENTS Instructional / Methods / Activities Assessments Exams: Three 100 point exams, one 200 point final exam Student Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, &amp; 4 Assessment: Vocabulary, Multiple Choice, True/False, and Short Answer Exam Presentation: Individual Presentations (4) Student Learning Outcomes: 2 &amp; 4 Assessment: Graded according to the presentation rubric Project: Individual Project Student Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, &amp; 4 Assessment: Graded according to the presentation rubric Grading Exams 300 points Participation 100 points Presentations 400 points Project 200 points Final Exam 200 points </p><p>A 90% or greater = B 80 to 89.99% = C 70 to 79.99% = D 60 to 69.99% = F &lt; 60% = </p><p> There will be no extra credit work available. </p><p>TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS To be successful in the course, you will be provided access to university computers and </p><p>facilities. The following items are available on university computers for your use. </p><p>1. Access to T: drive </p><p>2. MS Word 3. MS PowerPoint </p></li><li><p>These items will be helpful for you, should you need to work at home. </p><p>1. Flash drive </p><p>2. MS Office or compatible software 3. High-speed internet for access to Web Soil Survey at home. </p><p>COURSE AND UNIVERSITY PROCEDURES/POLICIES Course Specific Procedures: You may bring drinks to class. Please finish any meals before class begins. The use of tobacco products during class time is strictly prohibited. Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated. Copying of others work, use of disallowed material on exams, plagiarism in assignments or cheating in any other form as defined by the instructor will result in a grade of zero for that assignment. Multiple infractions will result in a grade of F for the course and possible expulsion. University Specific Procedures: </p><p>ADA Statement </p><p>The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact: </p><p> Office of Student Disability Resources and Services </p><p>Texas A&amp;M University-Commerce Gee Library 132 </p><p>Phone (903) 886-5150 or (903) 886-5835 Fax (903) 468-8148 </p><p> Student Disability Resources &amp; Services </p><p> Student Conduct </p><p>Students are expected to respect the rights of others in the class. Cell phones and other electronic equipment should be turned off prior to the beginning of class. Use of these items during class time, or any other unwarranted classroom disruption, will result in your immediate excusal from class for the remainder of the period. </p><p> All students enrolled at the University shall follow the tenets of common decency and </p><p>acceptable behavior conducive to a positive learning environment. (See Code of Student Conduct from Student Guide Handbook). </p><p>mailto:StudentDisabilityServices@tamu-commerce.edu</p></li><li><p>For Graduate Credit Students enrolled in the class for graduate credit have the following extra requirements. 1. The student will review of three additional (above and beyond undergraduate assignment) </p><p>journal articles related to soil fertility and plant nutrition and provide a two-page summary. 2. The student will conduct a greenhouse study involving a crop plant and varying nutritional </p><p>treatments. 3. The student will present an oral presentation of the greenhouse study that includes results </p><p>and statistical analysis of the findings. </p><p>PLS 597 Advanced Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition</p></li></ul>